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how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by bad medicine » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:43 am

I currently have an 80 GB partition for Mint 32 bit. I screwed up by installing 32 bit and am going to install 64 bit over the old install. But before I do that I'm wondering how much space I really need on the Linux partition, since I store all my files on a 100GB partition of its own. I also have a W7 partition, and a 320 GB hard drive. That's plenty of space for me for at least a year or two, and I probably don't need 80 GB set aside for Mint. How much of that 80 can I free up while being sure I leave ample space?
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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by Cosmo. » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:45 am

20 GB are usually enough, 30 GB very comfortable.

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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by Reorx » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:11 pm

My current LM17C64 system at my office occupies ~8GB of disk space (not including /home or swap). YMMV!

My usual size recommendation for / (with separate /home) is 25GB.

P.S.: Checked my home machine... Same OS, whole system occupies 32GB of disk space (includes /home but not SWAP).
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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by austin.texas » Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:56 pm

At different times, I have loaded my / partition up with tons of themes, icon sets, downloaded programs, .iso downloads, etc. and at no time did I ever reach 20GB usage.
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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by bad medicine » Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:19 pm

Sounds like I can easily reduce my partition by at least half then, without any worries.
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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by LinuxJim » Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:27 pm

bad medicine wrote:Sounds like I can easily reduce my partition by at least half then, without any worries.
I think so.

Most of my 'current' machines are allocated 50GB, but none of them are more that 1/2 full.

My wife's machine, which has every game known to mankind installed, is barely pushing 30GB.

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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by gary.zw » Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:39 pm

I have mine at 30GB and it is half full.
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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by AllanPen » Sun May 20, 2018 8:37 pm

I initially had a 20GB partition for Mint. Then today I got warnings that I was almost out of space suggesting empty trash (did that). Still no room to speak of. I had installed Steam and figured maybe that was the so uninstalled it; sill no room to speak of. So I booted to a USB Mint; loaded Gparted and shrunk my windows partition more and increased the Mint partition to 80GB. Gparted still shows 19.44GB being used. I can't figure this out. I haven't installed any programs of any size.

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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by slipstick » Sun May 20, 2018 9:13 pm

I use LM18.3, Cinnamon, 64-bit with 8 GB memory. I have a separate /home and a separate Data partition. I also have my Firefox and Thunderbird profiles (with all e-mail archives) on the Data partition instead of in the /home partition. My current usage:
/ = 9 GB
/home = 1.7 GB (would be 7.63 GB if FF and TBird profiles were on /home)
Data (including FF and TBird profiles) = about 50 GB
swap = very little (currently 29 MB)
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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by pbear » Mon May 21, 2018 11:21 am

AllanPen wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 8:37 pm
Gparted still shows 19.44GB being used. I can't figure this out. I haven't installed any programs of any size.
Timeshift would do this. Copies all the system files (including apps), thus doubling the amount of space used.

If that's the issue and you want to continue using Timeshift but also want to free up the space, you can save snapshots to an external drive. If the external won't always be attached, turn off scheduled snapshots and create manually (e.g., once per week and whenever about to do Level 4 updates).
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Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Post by AllanPen » Mon May 21, 2018 12:07 pm

I wasn't using Timeshift at the time. I've just tried it out now. I've been using Linux for many years now and have always used around a 20 to 30GB partition. This is the first time I've encountered this storage warning.

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